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Court holds BPA and WAPA liable for certain overcharges during 2000-01 Western energy crisis

From the April 15, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published April 15, 2013

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
The Bonneville Power Administration and the Western Area Power Administration are contractually liable for overcharges for certain sales during the Western energy crisis of 2000-01, if and when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recalculates just and reasonable rates for those sales, the U.S. Court of Claims ruled April 2. In a separate April 2 decision, the same court rejected a motion by the federal government to reconsider a similar 2012 ruling that the government was responsible for refunds for other categories of sales during the crisis period. The California Public Utilities Commission said BPA and WAPA "now face the prospect of close to $2 billion in refunds to California."


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